Change: A Simple Definition

While visiting Washington DC last week I was comforted by the professional, collegial and intentional manner of Federal staff.

Furthermore, I was energized by the approach to making change. Here are a few lessons to share:

1. Don’t reinvent the wheel (someone already did . . . a million times over).

2. Do integrate successful components of other successful efforts (just don’t try to duplicate them exactly).

3. Don’t think that everyone is on board with this change (just look at the Governors who openly refuse resources their constituents need desparately).

4. Do look to build partnerships and strategic alliances (start with those with common experiences, then branch out to those with common cultures.)

5. Accept change.


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